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with lee 6 cavity molds, doing so is easy. sizing and lubing can be done at any time, but mostly, i did it while I was waiting on another batch of lead to melt. back then, I used a star progressive sizer luber, but with today's Lee Hand sizer and liquid lube, no need to pay $500 for a sizer machine. all you need is a $40 Lee loading press and a $20 die and lube set.

every 10 seconds, that mold can be dropping out another cast of bullets, no problem, if you are running it and the alloy at the right temps. the mold has to be run at quite a bit lower temps, which is why you should quench it, while its full of lead. never get water near an unfilled mold. when you drop liquid lead into it, the resulting steam pressure will blow molten lead all over you and it STICKS to flesh, guys.
 

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Given that I'm reloading for both myself and my wife in at least a dozen different calibers, its just easier to buy bullets in bulk. I'm lucky my local dealer hasn't changed his prices in 15 years. $80/1,000 .38 spl, $80/1,000 .44, $80/ 1,000 .45acp, $80/1,000 .45 Colt, cast rifle prices are higher depending on which rifle caliber it is.
 

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Since my home-cast bullets aren’t for anything but close-range steel clanging in non-magnum loadings, I take the easy way out in several areas. I use inexpensive Lee aluminum six-cavity molds. I use a spray-on lube that’s a mix of alox and johnson’s liquid floor wax. I don’t adjust the lead mix for any particular hardness; just using it as it comes out when melting castoff wheel weights (mostly gotten free). And this will be blasphemy to some, but I don’t even resize the bullets after casting. Casting a thousandth or two oversize (using a 125-grain .358” rnfp for 9mm, etc) and using the spray-on lube mix, keeps leading extremely low.

If I were going to cast bullets for hunting, competition, or any ‘serious’ use, I’d definitely do things differently. But in non-top-end loads in non-magnum calibers, used almost always at short range (usually less than 25 yards), this quick & easy approach works fine fo my particular purposes.
 
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